KinoSol originated with the mission to decrease global food waste. The KinoSol team began by focusing on small-scale farmers in rural communities, to understand their challenges and needs around food preservation. Throughout this process, we developed and tested various solar-powered food dehydrators (pictured below). We went through 9 prototypes, working in over 40 communities across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, to arrive at the product we have today: the KinoSol Orenda.
Beginning with our initial design (pictured above) KinoSol units utilized natural convection to dehydrate fruits and vegetables. Early prototypes were made from plywood and Plexiglas. Feedback and research showed the need for storage, mobility, and a larger capacity for drying.
Our fifth prototype was field-tested in Uganda, to assess the needs for storage and mobility, while ensuring the unit properly dehydrated and was a better alternative to current preservation methods. Durability became a key point which needed to be addressed for future prototypes.
Our eighth prototype was made out of durable, heat-retaining plastic. This unit was sent to over 30 locations for field-testing. Successful field-testing provided the validation needed to take the eighth prototype to production.